PALETTE MEETS PALATE
Chandigarh artist Madan Lal’s paintings blend well with the bright setting of an Italian restaurant
It is food, not for thought, but for art with canvases from city painter Madan Lal’s journey providing an idyllic setting while relishing Minestrone Soup, or Zuppe as the Italians call it, negotiating twines of Spaghetti Corbonara, probing mouth-watering layers of Lasgana or relishing a scoop of Gelato.
The first object that greets the eye is a brightly painted vintage Lamberetta scooter, there were ever so many on the Chandigarh roads till the seventies, and the next thing that catches the eye is a painting of couple, human faces and fish-like bodies. So it is a rendezvous with food and art at the Piccante Italian restaurant with a solo art fest at Hyatt Regency titled ‘When the Artist’s Palette Complements the Italian Palette’. Well, it certainly is a heady fusion designed by art consultant Neepa Sharma who in the past few years in the city is taking art closer to those who will not only admire it but are likely to acquire it too.
Opening at a gala wine-andcheese event on Thursday at sundown, it will display 19 paintings from the ‘Journey’ and ‘Urban Phulkari’ series by Madan Lal for 10 days till September 24.
The painter’s concern is to orchestrate chaotic city images of high-rise buildings, chatter of parrots symbolising the cacophony of the concrete jungle, human existence in attractive images of the girl next door and midst all this the loner strolling towards a mystic journey. The colours are flamboyant and indeed harmonise with the gourmet fare a la Italiono.
Art consultant Neepa says she has been a curator of art shows the past 25 years but when she moved to the city some five years ago she was told by friends that her career would come to a full stop. “That did not happen and I have put together some 23 shows. The city folks are opening up to new palates and also to contemporary art,” she says.
THE FIRST OBJECT THAT GREETS THE EYE IS A BRIGHTLY PAINTED VINTAGE LAMBERETTA SCOOTER
Painter Madan Lal with one of his creations.